Jeff Gibbons’s Root Balls, Tiny Chairs, and Talking Rocks
Jeff Gibbons stands next to Orion’s Belty Button, a sculpture made of a hornbeam tree root ball. Photo by Elias Duncan
“Since arriving in Provincetown in October for his winter-long fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, the Detroit native has developed a deep affection for the town’s natural landscapes.
Gibbons spends much of his time outdoors here, exploring the Beech Forest, Hatches Harbor, and the Fox Run trail and occasionally collecting objects for his mixed-media work. City chaos and “the constant presence of the manmade” has so far given him lifelong anxiety, he says.
“This is the longest time I’ve spent in an area that is forested,” says Gibbons, who lived in the town of Alfred, in upstate New York, just before starting the FAWC fellowship.”